In the Beginning...

 Donna Barringer Neighbors began training for her ballroom dance career after graduating from Lynchburg College in 1977.   She started teaching in the Lynchburg & Roanoke s Arthur Murray Dance Studios in 1978.  She was transferred to Sarasota, Florida in 1979 and continued her dance career with the Arthur Murray organization, before going independent in 1986. 

1992 - Sarasota, Florida Studio Owner
She opened her own studio in Sarasota in 1992 and continued building a strong dance community.  She helped organize, support and promote the first USABDA (United States Amateur Ballroom Dance Association) on the gulf coast of Florida.
2000 - Back in Lynchburg, VA

Donna relocated back to the Lynchburg area during the summer of 2000.  She brings with her over twenty-five years of experience in the field of ballroom dance. 



She's A Winner

Donna has competed and won many events through the years with both professional and amateur partners.  She is currently teaching the highest quality of ballroom dance ever brought to the central Virginia area.  Group classes, private lessons and specialty functions are offered.   

 Donna teaches at various locations; including Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Forest, and Roanoke.  

University of Virginia Ballroom Dance Staff

Donna was invited to join the UVA Ballroom Dance Staff during the 2004 fall semester.  She is working as the technique coach, along with Peter Collins, Lee Santos and Gary Chovan.  Donna trains both amateur and professional dancers in social, show and competitive styles of dance.   She teaches both the American and International styles of dance; from beginners to the above gold levels.  She coaches dancers from five to ninety-five years of age.


National Dance Competition Judge

Donna is a Nationally Certified Adjudicator through the National Dance Council of America and the North American Dance Teachers Association. 
Certified Massage Therapist

She is also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker with an active and growing practice in Forest, VA called the Forest Massage & Wellness Center. 
2006 - New Studio
The addition of a 3,000 square foot dance space is in the works and will open in 2006.

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